Responsible for the club’s entire football operations, Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis enters his 12th season in his current position and 14th with the Saints. He is a veteran of nearly 30 years in the NFL and during his time in New Orleans has been honored with the most prestigious awards presented to a league executive. Yet the most satisfying achievement of Loomis’ career has come in helping mold a roster that has produced many of the franchise’s finest moments over the last seven seasons, including the Super Bowl XLIV championship.
Loomis was promoted to general manager in 2002 and earned the additional title of executive vice president later that year. The departments under his direction include coaching, player personnel and scouting, salary cap management, contract negotiations, athletic training, equipment, video and communications. Loomis also oversees the basketball operations of the New Orleans Pelicans.
In 2006 - after being the key figure in the hiring of Sean Payton, the signing of Drew Brees and essentially rebuilding a team that would advance to the NFC Championship – Loomis was voted the NFL Executive of the Year by Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers of America. He was also honored by the Sporting News as the George Young Executive of the Year, an award voted on annually by NFL front-office executives and owners.
Loomis has continued to build on the success of 2006, highlighted by four postseason appearances, three division titles and the Super Bowl victory. Over the past seven years, he has brought aboard a collection of players who have played a key role in New Orleans posting a 74-46 overall record through a combination of the draft, free agency and trades. He’s also presided over the club’s ability to retain their core players, re-signing several significant contributors to long-term contracts.
While his responsibilities have grown during his tenure with the Saints, Loomis has been a key figure in the highest management circle of the organization since arriving in 2000. Loomis joined the club as director of football administration, a post he held until 2002, handling contract negotiations, managing the salary cap and coordinating different areas of the football operations.
In 2005, Loomis helped steer the club through unprecedented challenges for an NFL team. He calmly guided the staff and players through a sudden evacuation from New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, in addition to several moves of the club’s base of operations.
Since 2003, Loomis has overseen two extensive renovations of Saints headquarters that have added an indoor practice facility, new weight room and cafeteria and completely renovated coaches and player personnel offices, meeting rooms and locker rooms, giving the club one of the NFL’s top training complexes.
Prior to arriving in New Orleans, Loomis spent 15 years with the Seattle Seahawks, including as executive vice president from 1992-98. He joined the Seahawks in October, 1983, was promoted to vice president/finance in 1990 and to Executive Vice President in 1992.
A native of Eugene, Ore., Loomis has a degree in accounting from the University of Oregon and a Master’s Degree in Sports Administration from Wichita State University.